17 June 2015
On Monday, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, issued a strong statement at the opening of the 29th session of the Human Rights Council, calling on Member States to reverse the living nightmare in Syria. In response, the Syrian National Coalition’s Special Representative to the UN, Dr. Najib Ghadbian, said:
“The Syrian National Coalition welcomes the High Commissioner’s strong statement on Syria and his dedication to the Syrian people. As the High Commissioner correctly stated, Syria represents a ‘defining test’ of the international community’s resolve to protect and assist civilians in need. Member States can and must take the steps needed to reverse the living nightmare all Syrians face, first and foremost by imposing a no-fly zone over Syria.
“Four years after the start of the Syrian government’s campaign of terror, human rights abuses are now rampant. More than 220,000 Syrians have been killed and more than half of the population is displaced. It is shameful that the international community has not taken the action needed to stop these atrocities or pursued the mechanisms necessary to support accountability, including through the referral of the situation in Syria to the ICC.
“Peace will remain elusive in Syria, so long as impunity reigns. Member States must take the action needed to support accountability. To outline those actions, on Thursday 25 June the Syrian National Coalition will participate in a side-event on 'Syria after Tyranny: Achieving a Democratic and Pluralistic Future', co-hosted with France, Qatar, Germany, Turkey and other partners at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.”